Mitch McConnell and Nikki Haley: Vipers Inside the Tent
Remember the betrayals and prevarications of McConnell and Haley as we work to elect the most America First majority possible.
Just this week, two prominent establishment Republicans showcased the ongoing struggle for the future of the Republican Party. On the one side, everyday citizens and activists create a new pro-worker party that champions muscular America First populist nationalism. On the other side, the credentialed grandees of the establishment GOP effort to perpetuate a bygone Republican era of globalism and corporatism.
Both Mitch McConnell and Nikki Haley, to some degree, claim agreement with the America First movement, particularly when they divine that it suits their personal ambitions. But this week each of them, in very different fashions, revealed their treachery, their shifting allegiances, and affirmed their true essence as stalwarts of the capital cabal our movement continues to battle. As is often the case, the fiercest fights unfold within the tent, among alleged colleagues who claim to be allies, but in actuality are political vipers.
Mitch McConnell proved, once again, why he deserves to be in the minority with his fabrication that the January 6th riot was an “insurrection.” Really, Mitch? Please.
Was there inexcusable violence that day? Yes, certainly. Did a small number of Deplorables get out of hand? For sure. But the events of January 6th in no sense resembled an insurrection, an actual threat to the government of the United States, and McConnell knows it.
Even more importantly, McConnell also knows that the full truth of what happened that day still remains shrouded in secrecy and subterfuge. If, for example, McConnell actually believed that the unarmed, brief melee was an “insurrection,” then why not release every minute of the thousands of hours of tape the government presently withholds from that day? We taxpayers bought those cameras, and we citizens own that building. Perhaps full transparency would help destroy the obscene lie that some dangerous rebellion took place?
Regarding January 6th, Mitch also decried the RNC’s decision to censure Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for their participation in the bogus and unlawful Pelosi Select Committee investigating January 6th. Both of those Beltway betrayers pretend to give that sham commission some veneer of bipartisanship, when in point of fact, real Republican members were assigned to committee duty and were summarily rejected out of hand by Madame Speaker Nancy Sorbet. So, by joining in with the chattering whiners of the Democrat Party and the corporate media, the senator clearly seeks to solidify the narrative that the Republican Party belongs not to the populist nationalist masses, but rather to connected crony chums who merely place R’s after their names.
Prior to this week, Mitch McConnell found a willing political bedfellow on all matters January 6th in Nikki Haley. In fact, her assessment of President Trump and the events of January 6th almost perfectly mirrored those of McConnell. At a GOP conference in Florida last year, she claimed that Trump’s objections to the rigged 2020 election were “badly wrong” and bemoaned that “he let us down.” She continued her diatribe: “we shouldn’t have followed him…and we can’t let that ever happen again.”
Ok, Nikki. Got it. Count you solidly among the never-Trump establishmentarians. Enjoy cavorting lobbyists at Capital Grille in Washington once you’ve shown your vax papers to the maître d.
But wait, stop the presses! Nikki carried a very different tune this week. In fact, she went on Fox News an actually criticized Mike Pence for saying that Trump was wrong about the legal scenarios of the vote certification on January 6th. Pence recently delivered a self-serving speech to the Federalist Society in which he blatantly mispresented Trump’s position, claiming that the 45th President wanted Pence to unilaterally overturn the 2020 election. In fact, Trump, his legal team, and our Trump 2020 Campaign wanted the Vice-President to adjourn and send the contested states’ election tallies back to the state capitals for further review pending final certification. Nonetheless, Pence last week played the martyr and called President Trump “wrong.”
Then, lo and behold, Nikki Haley inserted herself into the discussion and rebuked…Pence! What? She went on Fox News and castigated Pence, declaring: “I’m not a fan of Republicans going against Republicans.” Ohhhkayyy. Clear as mud.
For once, Joe Scarborough actually made a valid point. The MSNBC host astutely observed that Haley “was a lot harsher on Donald Trump than Mike Pence was this weekend.” So, perhaps the Nikki Haley of 2021 would have a discussion with the Nikki Haley of 2022 and once they’ve settled their own debate, let the rest of us know which Nikki Haley wins?
Here's the point on Haley, she represents a political weather vane. Even worse, she is a broken one that normally gets the actual prevailing political wind direction wrong. But if Haley achieves power, like McConnell, she can be counted on to do the bidding of the ruling class, the administrative state and allies in big business. This is a woman, after all, who served on the board of directors of Boeing, one of the most profitable beneficiaries of Washington largesse, from massive bailouts to decades of war making.
Neither McConnell nor Haley will appear on a 2022 ballot. But as we march toward November, remember their betrayals and prevarications as we work to elect the most America First majority possible
as a catapult into 2024.